Global Cooperation


RE: The Internet Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

So – do you think the Internet should be given the Nobel Peace Prize? Funny if the U.S. Department of Defense – that funded the technology enabling the Internet in the 1960s, would win the prize for peace! OK, so much has happened since that work of the U.S. military’s Department of Advanced Research Projects, that resulted in the ARPANET – the first system to connect computers at distance in 1969.  So maybe they don’t get to walk on stage to collect the prize.

Nobel Peace Prize

But back to the substance of the question – what has the Internet done to enable “... fraternity between nations .. the abolition or reduction of standing armies and  .. the promotion of peace congresses.”? Well, plenty – if you look around. The Internet has weakened the control of various authoritarian regimes, by enabling the forces of popular democracy to organize and build support. Online campaigns have enabled major change of all kinds. And we could say that violence has many causes, with ignorance, disunity, and poverty being very common, and that clearly, the Internet can have a positive effect on all three. Of course the Internet can also be a tool to plan violence – as Al Queda has demonstrated. Perhaps the full potential of the Internet in the realm of peace has yet to be seen.

In his book Not-Two Is Peace Adi Da says “The Internet is an indispensable and, altogether, key and central tool–unique and new to global humankind–for organizing, implementing, and surely (in every practical sense) happening the global cooperative order of the totality of humankind. Therefore, the Internet should immediately be made thus to serve.” He goes on to say that “The necessary and immediate tool for the collective organizing of the total human population in Earth is the Internet!” Adi Da’s basic point here is that the only way things are going to change for the better (which they must – and soon, to avoid catastrophe) is the force of EVERYONE standing up for the collective interests of the planet. And the only vehicle for such a movement to arise, and manage the necessary change, is the Internet.

They gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama last year because he provided leadership and hope that great things – towards peace, could be achieved. Maybe the same kind of thinking points to the Internet as a worthy recipient for the next one.

For more on Adi Da’s instructions on Peace please see The Global Cooperation Project website.

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People of the Internet

A very good, new series on the BBC – SUPERPOWER – which considers the influence of the Internet on our world and this time, is now [March 2010] on. For one of the commercials promoting this series see below. This brief clip relates directly to the theme of our previous blog entry, and illustrates in a creative, poetic manner, the prediction of Adi Da about the role of the Internet in saving the planet.

For information on the series see  SUPERPOWER

And for more on Adi Da’s guidance on what this time is and what we should do about it, please see http://www.Da-Peace.org



How FaceBook Can Save The Planet

Superb Tools for Mass Communications

The market-research firm ComScore tells us that in October 2009, together, the big social-networking sites had over 800 million visitors – about 12% of the population of the planet.  FaceBook alone has over 350 million users who post over 55 million updates per day.  Social media sites have evolved a long way since their online community beginnings in the 1990s’s – a mere 15 years ago. They have now become superb tools for mass communications.  And the power of people making their collective voices, and votes, heard is manifesting in other areas too.

Empowered Interactivity

As the finale got under way Wednesday, host Ryan Seacrest said more than 100 million votes were cast after Tuesday’s singing showdown between Lambert and Allen. A record-setting 624 million votes were cast over the season.”

From newsvine.com – May 20, 2009

That’s American Idol they’re talking about. This TV show has demonstrated “Empowered Interactivity” – as in, the people who watch decide the outcome – really!

Marshall McLuhan’s global village is here!

But back to our themewhat does all of this have to do with ‘saving the planet’? And maybe we should address ‘saving the planet from what?’.  Well, as Keanu Reeves responded in the recent remake of the classic sci-fi movie ‘Day the Earth Stood Still’, saving it from us! Or rather, referring to the current real situation here today, saving it from the tribal the conflicts, massive debts, resource depletion, etc., etc. that we have created for ourselves, and for the biosphere.

Adi Da says:

The Earth-world and all of the global human domain have already collapsed far enough. If the pattern of the whole collapses much further, the human life-sphere will not be retrievable. Now is the moment for self-rightening—while the resources that are necessary for the reclamation of the Earth-world and the global human domain yet exist.”

This may sound like a doomsday message, but it should not be oneIF we respond that is. And Adi Da says that the response will be mediated by the Internet:

The necessary and immediate tool and method for the collective organizing of the total human population on Earth is the Internet!”

As we have seen from the above facts about the current levels of participation in social media, and American Idol’s very successful experiment with empowered interactivity, the basic tools and infrastructure for worldwide participation in an ongoing, real-time, collective process, are ready now.

And how is all of this supposed to happen? Adi Da says that it must take institutional form in what he calls a ‘Global Cooperative Forum’.

The Global Cooperative Forum should (and indeed, must) be an Internet-based process, in which everyone on Earth is connected via a single website—and in which, as a practical matter, the “global business” is addressed and organized via formalized and completely accountable representatives of everyone-at-large

Adi Da points out that pretty well every collective we could choose to look at, be it a household, a city, a business, or a whole country, is subject to many agreements and rules, if it is to be happy and successful. Such is not the case, however, for the whole of humankind—there is no overall instrument or body for collective management. And those that address a part of that need, like the UN, don’t work very well. Something different is needed.

What Is The Global Cooperative Forum

Let’s start with what it is not:

  • It’s not a globally extended super-state.
  • It’s not mob power.
  • It’s not about a multitude of delegates coming to the table, each representing the interests of a certain group, religion, race, geographical region, or tribe of any stripe.

But it is:

  • All-inclusive and non-confrontational.
  • A forum where everyone participates.
  • and it will, initially, be made up of very talented people, who are disillusioned with power, and who have the right non-confrontational discipline.

The power of the Global cooperative Forum will come, not from the barrel of a gun, but from the unsuppressible force of everybody-all-at-once. And that force of everybody-all-at-once can well evolve from FaceBook as it achieves ever greater participation from around the globe, and as more and more of the world’s population gain access to the Internet. (As of September 2009 this is estimated to be ~25%.)

Much of the structure and function of the Global Cooperative Forum will need to be created by the initial guiding members. Adi Da has laid down all of the key principles in his book Not-Two Is Peace, available for download from the Da-Peace site.



Why the Holocaust Can Happen Again

News Item

World remembers the Holocaust

Survivors return to Nazi Germany’s death camps for anniversary ceremony

BY MONIKA SCISLOWSKA
ASSOCIATED PRESS

January 28, 2010

The Holocaust can happen again – it already has happened again.

  • From 1975 to 1979 the leaders of Cambodia systematically killed a total of about 1.7 million Cambodians because of their ideology or ethnicity.
  • Over a 100-day period in 1994, between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Rwandans of the Tutsi tribe were killed by government forces.
  • In Srebrenica of the former Yugoslavia in July 1995, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed by neighboring Serbian forces.

There are more examples.

And genocide can happen again.  Why? How can such an atrocity happen?

In a word: “tribalism”.

Adi Da Samraj says:

The old civilization [meaning what we have now] is about “tribalism”. The new politics [meaning the one we need] is about the civilization of “humankind-as-a-whole”, and only this has the potential for a viable human future. Humankind cannot survive a “tribal” world.”

He goes on to explain that starting in the nineteenth century all tribes have found themselves ‘face-to-face’ – due to the various effects of easier travel, expanding populations, communications technologies, etc.  And so now we have modern nation-states which are really, just big tribes based on ethnic or religious traditions.  Some of these nation-states have nuclear weapons.

“… This trend is all about “tribalization”, setting up absolute pockets of power—based on mythologies of the past, the traditions of the past, the separateness of geographic zones, the separateness of particular classes or races of people.”

There is only one power on Earth that can stop this trend:

“… the power of the human population declaring it will not cooperate with this nihilistic culture of total war and ideologies of total dominance.” – what Adi Da calls “everybody-all-at-once”. NOT mob power, but a new cooperative process for dealing with issues.

And he does not equivocate about the alternatives:

“The future is either going to be a catastrophic disaster, or it is going to be the turnabout moment in human history, in which humankind will step out of its dark ages of “tribalism” into a new mode of cooperative order.”

The Nazi regime was single-minded and efficient in its targeting of the Jewish race. We got rid of the Nazis, but there’s plenty more of that kind of orientation present in the world today. And now the weapons available are more powerful – ‘weapons of mass destruction’ we call them, including biological and chemical weapons that are potentially worse than nuclear.

Adi Da pinpoints the tribalism of mankind as the terrible characteristic of the current dark age we still live in. It is that feature of human tendency that is the ground for assuring you that ‘the holocaust can happen again’.  Let us tackle the real issue here to ensure that will never happen.

To read more about Adi Da Samraj’s work in this area go to www.da-peace.org where you can download the full text of the book.